For Immediate Release - April 09, 2009

Foreclosure Prevention Workshops Draw Almost 800 Homeowners

Brockton, Lowell Events Bring Homeowners Face-to-Face with Lenders

BOSTON - April 9, 2009 - Nearly 800 homeowners attended foreclosure prevention workshops in Brockton and Lowell last week, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their lenders as they try to avoid possibly losing their homes.

The foreclosure prevention workshops are part of a comprehensive effort by the Patrick-Murray Administration to battle the foreclosure crisis and were co-sponsored by city official in Lowell and Brockton, and housing counseling agencies from each city. By comparison, six similar workshops throughout the state last year drew a total of 1,400 homeowners. Attendance at last week's workshops is a sign that the foreclosure crisis has not ended in Massachusetts.



"Unfortunately, the issue of foreclosure isn't going away, and we saw last week that homeowners are anxious about their situation, but also doing what they can to stay in their home," said Sandra Clarke, the Interim Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. "We use these workshops to help as many people as possible start talking to their lender and work towards finding solutions."

The Brockton workshop, held Friday, April 3, at The Conference Center at Massasoit, drew 484 homeowners, the most to attend any of the eight workshops run through this program. The Lowell workshop, held on Thursday, April 2, at the DoubleTree Hotel, drew 293 homeowners. Along with meeting with lenders, homeowners at both workshops were able to attend seminars to learn about housing and credit issues.

For more information about the Patrick Administration's foreclosure prevention efforts, visit www.mass.gov/foreclosure. Brockton-area homeowners concerned about possible foreclosure should call Neighborhood Housing Services of Brockton at (508) 895-1782. Lowell-area homeowners concerned about possible foreclosure should call the Coalition for a Better Acre at (978) 970-0600, Ext. 1.